Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak
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Island Peak Climbing
Island Peak Climbing
Island Peak Climbing
At a Glance
Duration18 Days
Trip GradeStrenuous
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CountryNepal
Maximum Altitude5545m
Group Size1-10 pax
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
Travel StyleTrekking and Climbing
Best TimeSeptember to November and March to June

Island Peak Climbing Overview

Island Peak Climbing is the most renowned peak in the Everest Region, attracting trekkers, climbers, and expedition enthusiasts. As part of our Island Peak expedition, we strategically include the Everest Base Camp Trek to ensure proper acclimatization before embarking on the final ascent to the summit. Have you ever daydreamed about standing atop a Himalayan peak, marveling at the snowy landscapes, and being encompassed by the majestic Himalayas? Well, imagine turning that dream into reality after exploring the Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar.

Experience the thrill of a lifetime by embarking on our Island Peak climbing package, which includes a trek to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. Standing at the viewpoint of Kala Patthar and at the base of the world's highest peak is truly awe-inspiring. Conquering Island Peak on top of that is a challenge only the most daring adventurers can conquer! Our 18-day package allows you to witness breathtaking mountain views and snow-covered peaks stretching as far as the eye can see from an elevation of 6,187m. This daring journey will undoubtedly leave you with unforgettable memories and stories to share for years to come.

Highlights:

  • Combine the classical EBC Trek and the renowned Island Peak Expedition for an unforgettable solo trip in the Khumbu Region.
  • Immerse yourself in the world of mountain climbing by conquering Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse.
  • Witness the awe-inspiring beauty of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and numerous other peaks towering above 7000m.
  • Embark on a remarkable journey through picturesque Sherpa villages, river valleys, Himalayan vistas, monasteries, and vast glaciers en route to the Everest Base Camp and Island Peak summits.
  • Immerse yourself in the rich Sherpa culture, traditions, and lifestyle while also exploring the diverse flora and fauna of the region.
  • Tailor your experience to create the ultimate Himalayan trekking and mountaineering expedition.
  • Discover the perfect blend of the classical EBC Trek and the iconic Island Peak Expedition during your solo adventure in the Khumbu Region.

The trekking route to Island Peak and Everest Base Camp takes you on a journey through the captivating Khumbu region, immersing you in its natural beauty. As you traverse along the roaring rivers and venture beyond the lush woodlands adorned with rhododendron, bamboo, pine, and fir trees, you will be enchanted by the picturesque scenery. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to interact with the friendly locals in the charming Sherpa settlements, where their warm hospitality will make you feel right at home. Our adventure begins upon arrival at Lukla Airport, from where we will embark on a memorable expedition, passing through serene hillsides and dense forests until we reach the vibrant Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar.

Afterward, our journey will take us uphill to Tengboche, where a magnificent monastery is nestled amidst the breathtaking mountain scenery. The awe-inspiring natural landscapes will undoubtedly leave you in awe of the boundless beauty of Mother Nature. Continuing past the charming villages of Pheriche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep, we will finally reach the Everest Base Camp, where we can witness the mesmerizing snow-covered landscapes before ascending Kala Patthar for an unparalleled view of Mount Everest. Our adventure will eventually lead us to the summit of Island Peak as we traverse through Lobuche, Dingboche, Chhukung, and the Island Peak Base Camp, offering us unrivaled panoramic views of the majestic Himalayas.

After successfully summiting the breathtaking Island Peak, we commemorated our achievement with our team and proceeded to trek along the traditional route through Chhukung, Dingboche, Tengboche, Namche Bazar, Lukla, and finally flew back to Kathmandu. Should we opt for a helicopter ride back to Kathmandu from Dingboche, it would require an additional budget for the helicopter service. Embark on this extraordinary journey above the clouds and push your limits to the extreme!

Island Peak Climbing Cost:

The Island Peak climbing trek offers the opportunity to combine various trekking routes before embarking on the challenging Island Peak ascent. Our Island Peak Climbing experience includes a unique itinerary that incorporates the iconic Everest Base Camp Trek prior to the Island Peak climb. This approach is considered one of the most effective ways to acclimatize for the demanding Island Peak expedition. The cost of the Island Peak climbing adventure is determined by factors such as group size, duration of travel, and services provided in the package. Our package includes complimentary climbing gear, although personal items like sleeping bags, gloves, and windproof pants and jackets are not included. Please note that the cost of our island peak climbing package is detailed below:

  • Solo climbing of Island Peak is priced at USD 2500
  • For a group of 2–5 people, the cost per person for Island Peak climbing is USD 2400
  • The cost per person for a group of 6–10 people for Island Peak climbing is USD 2300
Itinerary

The Island Peak climbing schedule emphasizes acclimatization prior to tackling the challenging Island Peak climbing. While the climbing itself usually spans only 2 days, trekking to Everest Base Camp and completing the Kalapather hike is crucial preparation for the Island Peak Summit. This preparation is essential for both physical and mental readiness. Choose our Everest Base Camp and Island Peak package for an unforgettable climbing experience. Your journey will be guided by expert Sherpas and trekking guides.

Tour PlanExpand All

Apparently, the hours’ long flight can be really tiresome! As soon as you fly into the Nepalese airspace, you’ll observe lush greenery, terrace fields, and the majestic Himalayas below. Upon your arrival at Kathmandu Airport, meet one of our representatives waiting to escort you to the hotel through the vibrant yet narrow streets of Kathmandu City. Once settled in, you can either relax in your room enjoying the amenities offered by your hotel or go forth for a jaunt to nearby tourist attraction. Take an evening walk around the tourist hub of Thamel to find your delight in its bustling atmosphere.

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429.134ftMeal: DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

Today, you can start out a sightseeing day trip around Kathmandu Valley on your own. But if you prefer a guided sightseeing tour, we can organize a customized excursion to Kathmandu’s cultural highlights in the company of a knowledgeable tour guide. Soak yourself in the serene ambience of the holy Hindu Temple of Pashupatinath. Afterwards, make a stopover in the sacred Buddhist stupas of Swayambhunath and Boudhanath and check out the sheer size of the stupa structures that are among the largest in the earth. Last but not least, visit the Basantapur Durbar Square. Alongside marvellous ancient architecture, this stupendous complex of palace, courtyards, and temples showcase the artistic skills as well as the craftsmanship of Nepalese craftsmen over several centuries.

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429.134ftMeal: BreakfastAccommodation: Hotel

After a healthy breakfast, we’ll catch a domestic flight bound to Lukla. Utilizing about 35 minutes, this scenic flight extends aerial outlooks of thriving woodland, high valleys, and lofty mountain tops. An adventure in itself, the Landing at Lukla Airport will surely raise the levels of adrenaline within the body. We’ll now follow a rugged yet well-marked trail along the banks of Dudh Koshi River. Accompanied by the sublime views of Mt. Kusum Kanguru (6,367m), we’ll advance beyond the verdant countryside, colourful prayer flags, stacks of Mani stones as well as the Sherpa settlements of Chheplung (2,660m), Thado Koshigoan (2,580m) and Nuring (2,492m) to arrive at Phakding (2,652m).

Max. Altitude: 2610m/8562.992 ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Lodge/ Tea house

We’ll resume our trek and forge ahead on the trail that consists of multiple crossings over Dudh Koshi River via the high suspension bridges. Moving further to the other side of pinewoods and quaint Sherpa villages which include Zapute, Toktok, Benkar and Chhamuwa, we’ll make it Monjo (2,835m). We’ll stop here at a checkpoint to show our permits then continue uphill to Jorsalle (2,740m). With the spectacular vistas of Kongde Ri (6,187m), we’ll navigate through the enchanting woodland of Sagarmatha National Park (a UNESCO natural world heritage site) to climb a steep hillside leading to Namche Bazaar. During this final ascent, you can catch the initial glimpses of Mt. Everest i.e. hidden in between Lhotse and Nuptse if the weather is clear.

Max. Altitude: 3440m/11286.09 ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/Lodge

This is our first Acclimatization day. At the elevation of 3,440m, Namche Bazaar is the appropriate place for early adaptation to the surroundings with higher altitudes and lower oxygen density. Also regarded as the centre of commercial activity in the Khumbu Region, this prosperous Sherpa town boasts of a weekly local market on Saturday mornings, numerous outlets selling essential commodities, bank, ATM, internet cafes, bakery, restaurants and lodges. Take a good look around this splendid settlement. Moreover, a quick visit to the Sherpa Museum is worthwhile. You’ll find a replica Sherpa home alongside the photos that describes the history, culture and traditional lifestyle of the Sherpa people. These pictures also explain the pivotal role of the unsung Sherpas in the development of the trekking industry and ascents of Everest throughout history. You can spot the Thamserku (6,623m) to the east and Kongde Ri (6,187m) to the west alongside other adjacent peaks.

 

 

Max. Altitude: 3,880 meters (12,730 ft)Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House/ Lodge

This morning, we’ll depart from Namche Bazaar. Further, we proceed on the rugged path, the outlooks of the snow-clad mountains get more fascinating! We’ll push on far down into the Dudh Koshi Valley to arrive at Phungki Thanka. Discover the breathtaking mountain scenery here. Subsequent to a steep ascent, we’ll keep going through rhododendron forest to end up at Tengboche (3,870m). Situated at the conflux of Dudh Koshi and the Imja River, Tengboche is encircled by the ridges covered in alpine vegetations. We’ll make a stopover at Tengboche Monastery. This beautiful Buddhist structure flaunts the unparallel backdrop of Ama Dablam, Everest and Lhotse.

Max. Altitude: 3820m/12532.81ft.Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Trekking along the rough grounds past Deboche (3,820m) to Somare (4,010), we’ll notice that the terrain turn out to be flat till Orsho (4,190m). Subsequently, we’ll emerge at Somso Ogma, a hamlet with a handful of teahouses. It is here, the trail branches off into two; to the right, it leads to Dingboche. We’ll head to the right traverse the Pheriche Pass (4,270m) and few stone walls to end up at Pheriche (4240 m). This small village is home to a Trekkers Aid Post supported by the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) and staffed by western as well as Nepalese volunteer doctors who offer consultation and treatment to concern trekkers.

Max. Altitude: 4,240m/13910.76ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/Lodge

We’ll have a second acclimatization day. When compared to nearby Dingboche, Pheriche is a better place for acclimatization purposes as it is a 100m lower than Dingboche and has the HRA Aid Post. It is important to adjust the body according to the change in the elevations. Failure to do so results in Acute Mountain Sickness, which can kill a human regardless of age, sex, and profession. To speed up the process of adaptation to a new climate, a short hike to the awesome viewpoint of Nangkartshang Peak can be done.

Max. Altitude: 4,240m/13910.76ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Lodge

We’ll move ahead across terra firma of a vast valley to Dughla (4,620m). It is a gradual climb. We can take a note of the ivory mountains, which are now getting closer and closer as we take our steps forward. Passing by the tombstones erected as the memorials for the individuals died on Everest expeditions, we’ll climb out of the valley then descend to the grazing lands for yaks at Lobuche (4,940m).

Max. Altitude: 4,940m/16207.35ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

Climbing over a ridge full of glacial moraines from Khumbu Glacier, we’ll progress beyond the Italian Pyramid (4,970m). Negotiating ice-cold temperature, hostile terrain and Lobuche Pass (5,110m), we’ll reach the highest point of the beaten path marked by several stone cairns (dedicated to Sherpas and climbers who sadly lost their lives in the quest to reach Everest summit) which tends to remind that Everest is indeed a dangerous place. We'll then gradually move down to Gorakshep (5,180m). Despite the fact that there is not much elevation gain today; the altitude, as well as a lot of ascend and descend, will synergically make this trek very arduous. Nevertheless, the struggle is worth the effort! Succeeding a 3-hour (approx.) long hike, we’ll ultimately arise at Everest Base Camp (5,364m). It is the place where the expedition to the top of the world set in motion. Revel in the phenomenal views encompassing the frozen Khumbu glacier and icefall. When all was said and done, we’ll retrace our steps to Gorakshep (5,180m).

Early in the morning, we’ll proceed to Kala Patthar, one in the few viewpoints which offer jaw-dropping Everest panorama. From the vertex, we can watch the sun rising above the snow-covered mountains, spreading the orange hues on the white sheet of snow. The 360o display of Everest and its adjacent peaks are so divine that you’ll be unable to forget during your time on earth. After some time, we’ll make our way down to Dingboche (4,410m).

Having the sight of overwhelmingly impressive Himalayan vistas en route, we’ll navigate through moraines then march all the way to Chhukung (4,730m).In addition to the multiple precipitous climbs, the route to Island Peak Base Camp (4,970m) passes by the masses of rocks and sediment carried down and deposited by Lhotse Glacier. At the mid-afternoon, we’ll make an appearance in Base Camp. Following some rest and lunch, we’ll begin our Pre-Climb Training. Our knowledgeable guide will aid you with the correct way to climbing gears such as ice axe, climbing boots, crampons, harness, and ascender. You’ll also learn climbing techniques using ropes. Even though it’s not compulsory to acquire prior training or experience before the ascending the Island Peak but we strongly that these few hours of training will definitely enhance your instincts, and confidence, which will further boost the probability of conquering the mountaintop.

Prior to the break of the day, we’ll set off with the goal to conquer the Island Peak. At first, we’ll ascend numerous short rock steps to emerge at the right side of the rock gully. Our guides will fix a rope wherever and whenever you’ll be in need of it. Thereafter, we’ll pursue a ridgeline and advance to the summit glacier’s edge. Traversing several crevasses via aluminium ladder, we’ll get over a steep snow slope to set our feet at the top. From the elevation of 6,189m, we can gaze at the heavenly panorama covering the entire area. We’ll spend some wonderful moment here then steadily descend back to Dingboche.

As the weather of the Khumbu Region is very much unpredictable, we have the day this ‘Reserve day’ as a contingency plan in case the unfavourable weather conditions (or some other causes) does not permit us to conquer the summit of Island Peak on day thirteen. Rather than worrying about the effects of on-site problems on the final ascent to the summit, keeping a reserve day from the start of the journey always helps! Prevention is better than cure!!

Succeeding the conquest of Island Peak, it’s time we return to the grounds with human civilization. We’ll progress down to Phunke Tenga passing by the bridges, chortens, monasteries, mani walls, prayer flags, thriving woodlands, boulderstone and Sherpa settlements of Somare, Deboche, Pangboche and Tengboche. With the awe-inspiring mountain outlooks by our side, we’ll traverse a handful of suspension bridges over Dudh Koshi River then continue across the dense forest and multiple Sherpa villages to get as far as Namche Bazaar (3,440m).

Along the riverside of the Dudh Koshi, we’ll descend via the uneven track past the rustic villages resided by Sherpa communities to Lukla. This day, we’ll negotiate fairly easy trail primarily consisting downhill movements. Reward your worn-out body with much-required rest and a sound sleep.

Bidding farewell to the spell-binding terrains and hospitable people, we’ll board a scheduled flight back to Kathmandu. Throughout this brief flight, you’ll again encounter the landscapes as pretty as a picture.  At Kathmandu, you can rest and recollect the past memories or explore the unseen marketplaces to shop for souvenirs.

We are more than happy to help you with our expertise to fulfil your life-long dream of triumphing over a Himalayan summit. You can go for the next adventure and definitely count us in! If you wish to return your homeland then one of our representatives will guide to the airport three hours prior to the scheduled flight. Hope to see you again! Farewell!!

Route Map
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Altitude Chart
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Cost Details
Included
  • Transportation for airport pickups and drops provided by Himalayan Trekking Path
  • Welcome Dinner upon arrival Day, organized by Himalayan Trekking Path
  • Flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu included
  • 14 days of meals provided, including lunch, dinner, and breakfast
  • Accommodation for 1 nights in a Tent during the climbing 
  • 3 nights of deluxe accommodation in a hotel in Kathmandu with free breakfast
  • A professional trekking guide is provided, with a ratio of 2 guests to 1 Trekking Porter
  •  Highly skilled Climbing Guides and crews are available
  • Trekking staff provided with food, accommodations, salary, and insurance
  •  Daily provision of 3 tea/coffee servings
  • Trekking Permits and Climbing permits are provided
  •  Assistant Cook and Transportation are available, along with necessary kitchen helpers and camping equipment
  • Camping Equipment: Utensils provided, including EPI Gus, Gas stove or fuel stove, cooking pots, mattress, walkie-talkie, etc.
  • Staff salary and allowance covered, including wages, equipment, food, clothing, and insurance for climbing staff and porters
  • Highs are provided, including North Face Dome Tent for two pax, wall/cabin tent for dining and kitchen, etc.
  • High Camp Lodging & food service are provided, including three meals a day for members and staff
  • Drinks and Beverages for climbing provided, including tea with cookies and hot drinking water
  • Fixing Gear provided, including fix rope, main rope, snow bar, ice crew, rock pitons, as well as Heli Rescue/charter Arrangement
  • All Personal gear is provided, including climbing boots, crampons, an ice axe or hammer, harness, jammers, karabiners, finger eight/ATC guide, tap sling, fix rope, main rope, snow bar, an ice crew, rock pitons, etc.
Excluded
  • The visa fees for Nepal are USD 30 for 15 days, USD 50 for 30 days, and USD 125 for 90 days per person.
  • International airfare is not included in the travel package and needs to be arranged separately.
  • Visitors are advised to have travel and medical insurance for their safety.
  • In cases of unexpected bad weather conditions, extra days may be required and should be planned accordingly.
  • Some amenities, such as hot showers, drinking water, WIFI, laundry, and batteries, may come at an additional cost.
  • Personal expenses, extra drinks, and lost items are not included in the travel package.
  • It is customary to give tips to your driver, porter, and guide.
  • Helicopter servcie 
  • All kinds of trekking gear